The artwork of my amazing friend, Samantha Hahn (creator of the illustrations for the Sakura Bloom Styleathon), was featured last Sunday on the cover of the Chicago Tribune style section!
How cool is that?
Now, allow me to share a fun little behind-the-scenes secret:
The artist asked yours truly to pose as a reference for the illustration!
As you can see, Samantha is even more talented than we had imagined, capable of transforming even the most humdrum of living room photo shoots into material for a glamorous cover (see: toddler about to pounce from nearby couch, ratty old bath towel standing in for bright beachy one, and suspicious lack of sand). Not to mention that she dealt so kindly with this mama's generous share of wobbly/saggy/stretchmarked bits :)
I have never felt so bathing beauty-ish!
Thank you, Samantha!
Also, note to self:
This does not count as an actual trip to the beach. No.
We need to get cracking on one of those.
It's the 4th of July weekend already, sheesh!
Here are a few of the other versions of the design
that were considered for the piece. Aren't they so fun?